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Tue 01/10/2019 - 10:16 EDT

MLB Playoffs 2019: The Road to The World Series

Right before the MLB postseason officially begins, these three teams currently have the best MLB playoff odds to win the 2019 Fall Classic:

  • Houston Astros (+200)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers (+300)
  • New York Yankees (+400)

It really comes as no surprise that those three have the top MLB playoff odds 2019. They dominated the season from start to finish, collecting one record after another.

But only one can claim a World Series. Who will it be? Let’s dive into that question plus a ton more!

Which longshot team has the best chances at spoiling the party?

Believe it or not, there are seven other teams in the playoffs not from Houston, Los Angeles, or New York.

They’re certainly not getting the amount of buzz as the “big three” but as playoff baseball has proven time and time again, anything can happen. Among that field, here is each’s MLB odds to make playoffs finale and win it all: 

  • Atlanta Braves (+1000)
  • St. Louis Cardinals (+1000)
  • Washington Nationals (+1400)
  • Minnesota Twins (+1600)
  • Oakland Athletics (+1600)
  • Milwaukee Brewers (+2000)
  • Tampa Bay Rays (+2500)

Are any of these seven worth a prayer shot? Yes, look no further than the Nationals.

Obviously, that’s risky considering they’re only guaranteed one wildcard game against the Brewers. However, this team is well-balanced on offense and starting pitching, which we know is the difference-maker in October games.

Washington will have a starting rotation of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and Patrick Corbin — a trio that combined for a 43-20 mark in the regular season. Outside of the Astros and Dodgers, that’s as filthy of a starting unit as you’ll see in this postseason. 

Many expected the Nationals offense to take a step back post-Bryce Harper. In reality, the opposite transpired.

Washington improved in almost every offensive metric this season without Harper: runs per game (5.4 to 4.8 last year), on-base percentage (.342 to .335), slugging percentage (.454 to 4.19), just to name a few.

Helping the Nats chances here is a winnable NL race.

They just have to get through the Dodgers, a foe they matchup well quite nicely.

If you were to choose an AL team as your dark horse bet, you’re essentially betting on them getting past both the Yankees and Astros, which we’re not about to do. All in all, there’s too much value in Washington at +1400 to not get a small prayer bet on. 

Betting advice: lay a small bet on Washington (+1400)

Which longshot team has the best chances at spoiling the party?

While we like the Nationals, we aren’t saying make them you’re one pick and be done with it. Nope, you still need to bet money on at least one of the “big three.” 

All three have made history in 2019 — Houston and Los Angeles both set franchise records in wins (107 and 106, respectively), while New York had its most successful season since 2009 (an eternity in Yankees years). 

In the AL, you’re going to have to pick between the Yanks and Astros, which is no easy task. New York overcame injury after injury to win 103 games and bomb an eye-popping 306 homers.

Heading into October, they finally seem to be healthy. Houston, on the other hand, are only two years removed from a World Series victory and won the most games in the majors.

Something’s got to give, but we’re siding with the Astros. We said it earlier, but pitching wins games in October more than anything else.

Houston with two Cy Young frontrunners, Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, plus another former award winner, Zack Grienke, leading its rotation just evokes more confidence than the Bronx Bombers’ unit.   

In the NL, we expect the Dodgers to come out on top (with the Nationals giving them a big scare). Betting is about riding trends and as NL champions four years in a row now, it’s tough to not ride LA again in 2019.

The Dodgers has a pitching staff that rivals the Astros, plus an equally potent offense lead by the likely NL MVP winner, Cody Bellinger.   

So our World Series final is Houston vs. Los Angeles — a rematch of the 2017 championship thriller. Who wins? 

Another tough question as both clubs don’t have a weakness to speak of. When it’s this evenly matched, you have to find the potential difference-makers, no matter how small they may be.

In 2019, we expect that to be home-field advantage and a “killer instinct” mentality, both of which belong to the Astros.    

Like we said, trends matter. Winning four consecutive NL titles matters and so does losing in the Fall Classic each of those years. The Dodgers are just missing that “it” factor to get them over the mountain.

The Astros, being one of those teams to beat LA, certainly has it. In that same token, getting one extra game in Minute Maid Park could tilt the series in its direction. 

Betting pick: Houston (+200) to win World Series

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